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Daljit Singh Bittu out of jail:
Almost two-and-a-half years after he was arrested, SAD (Panch Pardhani) chief Daljit Singh Bittu was on Tuesday released from the Central Jail here. Bittu, along with four others, was arrested under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act in Ludhiana on August 28, 2009. Talking to mediapersons, he said various cases were registered against him in Ludhiana, Mansa, Ropar and Sardulgarh after his arrest in 2009, out of which he has been acquitted in Ropar case.

DSP reinstated:
The Punjab Government has reinstated DSP Bhupinder Singh Khatra with immediate effect. A spokesman of the government said the decision had been taken in view of his acquittal vide orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court dated January 31, 2012, in a criminal appeal.

Annual prize distribution:
Annual prize function was organised in NM Jain Model School. The students performing well in academics were given with prizes and certificates.

Teacher training: In-service training programme was held in Sai Public School to groom them. The training is imparted to keep the teachers updated.

Man kills wife over suspicion:
Suspicious over the character of his wife, a man allegedly killed her by hitting her head with a rod in Doda village on Tuesday. The deceased, Sunita Rani (32), and her husband Manga Singh often used to quarrel. Last night, Manga came to house in an inebriated condition which led to a quarrel between the two and ended with the death of Sunita, the police said. The police said the deceased was a mother of three children. A case under Section 302 of the IPC has been registered at the Kot Bhai police station. Mahinderjeet Singh, SHO, said, "The deceased's brother has lodged a complaint and efforts are on to arrest the accused".



MC land vacated:
The Zirakpur municipal council today vacated 6 acres of civic body land in Peermuchhalla. An MC official stated that a few persons had fenced the land with barbed wire. He added that they threw sand and gravel on the land. An enforcement team removed the barbed wire and seized the material dumped on the land. They also removed 15 shanties.



Judge retires:
The District and Sessions Judge, Raj Kumar Tewatia, retired from services after attaining superannuation on Wednesday. The District Bar Association organised a farewell party for him here. The Additional District and Sessions Judge, NL Jindal, the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mahinder Singh, and Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Ajay Prashar and Judicial Magistrate Amit Sharma besides Upender Gera, president of the District Bar Association, were present.

Bail granted:
A local court on Tuesday granted bail to class XI student Ajay Tripathi, who had shot at and injured a security guard of his school here on February 21. He surrendered in a local court on Monday, which granted him bail, considering that it was a juvenile crime. The boy had been rusticated from the school a few days prior to the incident because of unruly behaviour.

Redressal panel:
Following have been nominated by the Haryana Government as non-government members of the District Public Relations and Grievances Redressal Committee, Kurukshetra, with immediate effect. Pirthi Singh Turk, Raj Kumar Vats, Ankit Gupta, Baijnath Sharma and Shyam Lal Kaushal.

Two arrested:
With the arrest of two gangsters, the Rewari district police has solved a case of dacoity committed by an inter-state gang at an automobile parts manufacturing company - Senkei India Private Limited of Bawal on the night of February 12. They were produced in a court on Tuesday who remanded them in five-day police custody. Sources said the gangsters had decamped with Rs 71,000 and nickel chips worth Rs 40 lakh from the company.

Development grants:
The allocation of the development grants directly to the gram panchayats has resulted in lodging of complaints against officials of the Development and Panchayat Department by the sarpanches as well as in delay in starting of the new development works and timely completion of the ongoing under-construction works. The administration has convened block-level meetings of the sarpanches to ask them to accelerate the tempo of construction works.



Illegal mining:
The local police conducted a raid at Maira in Khanni gram panchayat today to check illegal mining in the Chakki rivulet. Two JCB machines were caught while doing illegal mining on the river bed. The police challaned both JCB machines and imposed a penalty to the tune of Rs 25,000 each.



Kumaon Briefs
Kashipur doctor goes missing, feared kidnapped:
Dr Rajnish Sharma, a resident of Kashipur, went missing from near his house under mysterious circumstances on Tuesday night. His car was found parked about 100 metres away. Sources said Sharma had been getting extortion calls for Rs 50 lakh for the last one month. It is feared that he has been abducted. His wife told the police that she saw the car parked near their house. She phoned her husband but got no reply. Later, Sharma’s mobile phone was found in the car. The police has started investigation into the case.

Four-wheeler falls into gorge, one dies: One person was killed while his wife and son were seriously injured when the four-wheeler they were travelling in fell into a gorge in the Betalghat area of Nainital district. The deceased has been identified as 65-year-old Bhim Singh, a resident of Bajedi village. He died while being taken to hospital. Bhim’s wife Pana Devi and son Pushkar were seriously injured in the accident. They have been admitted to hospital. The accident reportedly occurred when the driver of the vehicle lost control over it and it fell into the gorge on the Lohali-Chyodidhura road.

Farmer fined for illegal quarrying: Officials of the Mining and Revenue departments raided the premises of a farmer in the Halduchaur area of Nainital district and found that he had been indulging in illegal quarrying on his land. The officials also found that Harish Chand Bametha, a resident of Radhabangar, had been carrying out quarrying illegally for quite some time. They imposed a fine of Rs 2.5 lakh on him.

Three illegal structures demolished: Personnel of the Lake Development Authority (LDA) demolished three structures in Nainital as part of the drive against illegal constructions. The demolitions were carried out in the Pardadhara area of the town in the presence of police force. The LDA has initiated a drive to seal and demolish illegal structures in the town, including the green belt, over the last one month. The drive is expected to continue in the coming days.

Youth succumbs to injuries: A youth, who was injured in an accident in Haldwani on February 23, died at a private hospital on Tuesday. Satnam, a resident of Avas Vikas, was seriously injured while Gautam Joshi, who was riding pillion, died when their motorcycle was hit by a car near Tikoniya. Satnam was working in a motorcycle garage. The duo were on their way to the Roadways Station to have a meal with their friends. The driver of the car fled after the accident leaving the vehicle there. He is still at large.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

Man kills wife, stabs himself:
Anwar Ali, a welder, killed his wife Mehraj (30) by slitting her neck with a knife on Tuesday night at Rudrapur village in Sahaspur. He also stabbed himself in the stomach and neck. He was admitted to Doon Hospital in the morning where his condition was stated to be serious. It was said Ali had been disturbed for the past one year.

2 held for theft: Ravi Kumar and Robert have been arrested by the Rajpur police in theft cases. Both committed theft in the house of IAS officer Dr Indu Prakash (retd) on February 6 and Mohit Garg of Inder Lok Colony on February 19.

Chain snatched: Two youths snatched a gold chain of Subhash Devi on Tuesday evening. When she was standing outside her home, two youths stopped their bike to enquire about an address. In the meantime, they slapped her and snatched her chain.


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